As a recent transplant from the Midwest, I am quickly becoming acclimated to the wonderful west coast lifestyle. I joined the special education faculty at Western as an assistant professor upon completion my PhD at the University of Wisconsin–Madison in 2015. Go Badgers! Prior to academia, I was a special educator in a residential treatment center serving adolescents with emotional disturbance and correctional orders. My research is, in part, framed by my experiences as a practitioner: I focus on social-emotional cognition, civic participation of young adults with disabilities, and the efficacy of alternative schooling programs (e.g., behavior reassignment). Professionally, I am interested (and invested!) in urban education, culturally relevant pedagogy, and meaningful participation of individuals with disabilities in all facets of society. I am a board member of Communities in Schools of Whatcom County and the Whatcom County Developmental Disability Advisory.
A place I love in the Salish Sea Region: As an avid mountain biker, I sure hit the jackpot by moving here. When I’m not in my office, you can find me pedaling up and down Mount Galbraith.